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Ransom-Ware: Are you guarded against it?

Safety concept: Opened Padlock on digital background

Safety concept: Opened Padlock on digital background

Encryption based viruses (ransom-ware) are ever more prevalent for today’s IT user. We rely so heavily on email and social media that they are both now used in abundance to transmit malicious software to unsuspecting users.

Becoming a victim of ransom-ware is now a common occurrence, Fake phishing emails with attachments containing malicious code are an everyday item in your inbox. and its very easy to misread something or click a link by accident, to contract the virus.

Ransom-ware shortened from ransom software encrypts information on your PC and network, basically anything your PC can see it can infect, such as mapped network drives, USB devices and online storage services like Dropbox. The software encrypts or scrambles the information making it unreadable by standard software, it does this in a way that makes decryption of the file or information virtually impossible, due to the sheer complexity of the encryption type used. This in some cases is greater than the level used in the banking industry and is classed as military level. The only way to recover the file is with the passphrase or key, which is where the ransom aspect comes in, as you dont get the key unless you pay a significant amount for it. Even then it is no sure guarantee to recover your files.

A few tips to help you steer clear of such infections

1. Make sure you have a backup and this backup is off your network or PC, ideally offsite completely.
2. Never enable Macro’s with emails
3. Only open attachments from a trusted source, never from unsolicited emails
4. Keep software up-to-date, widows updates and AV products
5. Deploy and use firewalls
6. Train staff on been guarded on use of emails and how to identify non legitimate emails

If you think that your PC or any device on your network is infected with an encryption type virus, immediately disconnect it from the network and shut it down. Ransomware viruses actively seek out any files that they can find on your PC or on your network that the device can see, such as USB drive and network storage, so it is imperative that you disable it ASAP.

If you require more information on ransom-ware or safeguarding your working environment, please give us a call to discuss your circumstances. 01212 850 850